moor grass ‘Dauerstrahl’

The cultivar name ‘Dauerstrahl’ translates to “enduring ray” due to the durable beauty of the golden foliage and flower heads.

Molinia caerulea ‘Dauerstrahl’ (moor grass ‘Dauerstrahl’) excels as a short, semi-transparent screen, especially when set against a darker background when its purple flowers rise above the foliage in mid-summer. The flowers quickly fade to gold or beige but remain standing erect where they can be seen waving gracefully in the wind well into winter.

The foliage comes up green in spring, then turns to an attractive golden yellow in the fall. The tufts of foliage mature slowly to dense clumps or tussocks after a few years. 

Botanical Name Molinia caerulea ‘Dauerstrahl’
Common Name moor grass ‘Dauerstrahl’
Family Poaceae
USDA Zone 5 thru 9
Light Requirement Full Sun to Part Shade
Season(s) of interest summer, fall, winter
Height and Spread 3-4ft x 2-2.5ft (90-120cm x 60-75cm)
Flower Color Minimal Dark Purple Flowers
Attracts Wildlife Rarely Browsed by Mammalian Herbivores
Additional Information Not Native to the US Midwest. Cultivated form of a plant native to Europe/Asia.
Location in Lurie Garden Southwest Light Plate, Southwest Dark Plate, East Meadow, West Meadow

Average Flowering Time